-titolo-through the ashes artista-machine head etichetta-roadrunner arcaden. dischi1data11 novembre 2003supportocd audiogenerehard rock e metal ----brani1. imperium flynn/mcclain2. bite the bullet flynn3. left unfinished flynn4. elegy flynn/mcclain5. in the presence of my enemies flynn/demmel6. days turn blue to gray flynn/demmel7. vim flynn/mcclain/duce8. all falls down flynn/mcclain9. wipe the tears flynn/mcclain/duce10. descend the shades of nigh
With Through the Ashes of Empires
, Machine Head appear to be taking stock, looking backwards and forwards. Before this, using scratching, samplers and bewildering distortion, Machine Head strove to rise above the ferociously rocking pack inspired by their 1994 debut, Burn My Eyes
. Yet in much of the first half of this album they return to the churning, multi-faceted metal of their early years, as if attempting to rediscover their former flaming spirit. It's not that it's not aggressive--"Bite the Bullet" and "Left Unfinished" are really quite fearsome--just that it's lacking the furious innovation we've come to expect.
Thankfully, this situation changes. "Days Turn Blue to Gray" features what ought to be a crushing riff that's instead hushed and made to back a pastoral interlude. "All Falls Down" veers from crunching metal to melancholy folk, singer Rob Flynn weirdly employing all the seductive softness of INXS's "Need You Tonight" while threatening strangulation and worse. The tough talkover of "Wipe the Tears" and the sub-classical guitar-fest of "Descend the Shades of Night" bring the album to a glorious conclusion. Machine Head still burn brightly, and Flynn, in discussing the birth-parents who discarded him, takes his rage to new levels. You'd think he'd be over it by now. Be glad he isn't. --Dominic Wills